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Cardinal directions in Minecraft

Tomorrow, the full release of Minecraft will be available. In it, the sun will now be rising in the east and setting in the west. Some people might wonder “hasn’t it always been rising in the east?” No, not really.

The sun rises in the east on Earth. This does not mean that it rises in the east in every world, since it’s not the same sun, and it isn’t in the same position. (Also, Minecraft is a game, not an accurate emulation of the world. :P) The things that hint on what kind of cardinal directions Notch intended for the world are coordinates and maps. The z coordinate decreases as you move north and increases when you move south, while the x coordinate decreases as you move west and increases as you move east. Mapping directions to cardinal direction like this is common for 3D worlds. Maps are oriented with north up, which in incredibly common for modern maps.

In case you don’t believe what I said, Notch has actually stated that the sun rises in the north, so it’s pretty clear that the sun does not rise in the east in the old versions of Minecraft.

In the full release (as well as the 1.9 pre-releases), this is going to change. The sun is now going to rise in the east. Some people interpret this as “the sun is still rising in the east but the maps have been fixed so that north is up”, or similar statements which imply that the sun has always been rising in the east. This doesn’t make sense, unless you arbitrarily choose which direction is east (which is possible, since “east” is just a word that was designed to be used on Earth, not in other worlds). The places where the sun rises relative to the game world is changing, but everything else, like the movement of the clouds relative to the game world, the coordinates in the debug menu and the appearance of maps are identical to the way they were before.

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I’ve started playing Minecraft

I thought that it wasn’t going to happen, but I’ve started playing Minecraft now. I guess I can blame Humble Indie Bundle 3 for making me start to play it. Earlier, I was trying to avoid this game so that I wouldn’t get too addicted to it, but maybe I will now. It’s lots of fun to play on an SMP server with only a few people playing, and it feels like I never want to stop…

However, since I didn’t actually purchase Minecraft, I can only play until Sunday (which happens to be around the time when ZFG ends, so that I can play Minecraft during all of it). I might not be able to purchase Minecraft after that since I don’t have a lot of money right now. Maybe I’ll buy it later instead, so that I can wait a bit with getting addicted.

I need to build more tunnels around my house now. They’re so fun. :3

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Seems like my Guitar Hero controller is broken

Today, I was going to play a bit of Rock Band 3 with my family (lineup: good guitarist, good bassist, horrible vocalist) on PS3, just as usual. But when scrolling through the menus, the cursor started behaving oddly… Sometimes when I strummed up, the cursor moved back down. I went through the menus anyway, picked Lasso, started alt-strumming, and… Well, my guitar (it’s a Les Paul) was overstrumming. I failed the song. ;_;

I’ve had issues with overstrumming guitars before, on Wii (it was also a Les Paul). I didn’t know to fix it, so I sent it in to Activision. They didn’t know how to fix it either, so I got a WoR-tar for free. It was useless (because I already had a WT-tar, and the SP button placement sucks), and then my disc drive stopped working anyway.

After figuring out that something was wrong with the PS3 guitar, I attempted to find out what was wrong.  Luckily, I had written a PC program for connecting to PS3 GH controllers a while ago, so I started it and connected the USB receiver. At first, the guitar was strumming down every time I pressed a button hard enough, or when the controller itself was pressed hard enough. After I had pressed it a few times, the strum bar started to report the down status even when I didn’t do anything (except for strumming up).

In short: Time to play more PS2!

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